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Selective promotion will breed injustice, Arewa youths tell Customs

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
28 March 2022   |   3:42 am
Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has asked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to halt the alleged discriminatory promotion policy to avoid discontent and low morale in the service.

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) President, Yerima Shettima

NITR workers urge governing council to appoint DG

Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has asked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to halt the alleged discriminatory promotion policy to avoid discontent and low morale in the service.

The President of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, in a statement yesterday, urged the Federal Government to intervene, as the policy will breed injustice.

“Despite our plea to NCS on February 27, 2022, to reconsider its controversial plan to elevate certain officers, who joined the service between 2009 and 2015 and leaving behind those who joined between 1992 and 1994, the service has proceeded with the plan.

“The argument by the service that the set of officers employed between 1992 and 1994 were employed as junior officers cannot stand, as most of them have improved their skill and capacity,” Shettima stated.

He claimed that doctoral and masters degree holders, as well as graduates of various disciplines and members of different professional bodies were denied promotion.

“At point of promotion/elevation, the statutory requirement is not the qualification at the point of entry, rather qualification at the point of promotion/elevation. That is why public and civil service pay much attention, plan and spend heavily on capacity building, training.

“We wish to re-state our stand against this policy that smacks of administrative abuse, injustice and to further declare that this selective exclusion in the name of elevation plan should be cancelled immediately, so that everybody can be carried along,” he added.

RELATEDLY, seven months after President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, workers of the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis (and Onchocerciasis) Research (NITR), Kaduna State, have called for the appointment of a substantive Director-General (DG) for the institute.

The staff, who preferred anonymity in a statement, yesterday, urged the NITR governing council to abide by Buhari’s directive to appoint a substantive DG immediately.

In September 2021, Buhari had directed the council to commence the process of appointing a substantive DG in line with extant rules guiding the appointment, as captured in a letter from Aso Villa with reference SH/COS/16/A/1487.

“The council is adamant and has failed to abide by the directive. For more than six months, the council have met twice, but the issue of appointment of a substantive DG was not on the agenda,” they claimed.

According to them, the Overseeing DG, Dr. Felicia Enwezor, can influence the council on the matter of appointing a substantive DG, in accordance with Buhari’s directive.

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